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The OHSLA has been advised that Warrior Regulator and Cascade Model R lacrosse helmets have been decertified by NOCSAE. While both models had previously been certified by the manufacturers as compliant with the NOCSAE standard, the NOCSAE found the two models non-compliant after an independent investigation and evaluation. One can find NOCSAE's complete statement here. As reported in a LaxPower article: "...both Cascade and Warrior have been notified of these conclusions by NOCSAE, and have indicated that they are working to address the issue". The article also includes a lengthy statement from Cascade on their steps to address the issue, so there is no need for players or clubs to upgrade helmets just yet.
However, as also noted in the LaxPower article, "Playing rules written by US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) mandate that all helmets must meet NOCSAE standards and be NOCSAE certified." Therefore, until the companies can reconcile with the NOCSAE, neither of these helmets can be used in any OHSLA sanctioned game. Also note that the Cascade-R should not be confused with the less expensive (but NOCSAE compliant) Cascade CPX-R. For further information about these two helmet models, parents and players are advised to contact the manufacturers directly: Cascade (1-800-537-1702); Warrior (1-800-968-7845).
The NFHS has announced the rule changes for 2015. Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box. Adopted at the national convention Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box. There will also be some subtle changes on stick stringing rules that are intended to make it easier for defenders to dislodge balls from sticks. For a complete list of all the rule changes, check the NFHS article or the LaxPower reprint online.
While Quin Kessenich may espouse the growth of lacrosse on the west coast of the US, the chart to the right clearly shows that the center of lacrosse remains the Northeastern States. While California has shown huge growth in the last few years, Long Island continues to rule as the producer of the most quality players in the NCAA. For more details check out Inside Lacrosse Magazine's story.
Source Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Like the College Application process, NCAA recruiting is a lot different than when most parents of current High School players were on the scene. This Inside Lacrosse video from Ryan Boyle is an informative strart for players who think they'd like to play at the college level.
As documented in this LaxPower Scoring Analysis, last years scoring average was still 20.4 goals per game (gpg), slightly down from the 20.6gpg. the previous year. The chart to the right shows the scoring averages since the 2000 season. The good news is that the average goal differential has been 4.5-4.7 in the last six years in D-I, but D-II & D-II have had larger differentials 5.9-7.1 over the same period. Is it time to eliminate offset heads yet?
..but NCAA Women still outscore the Men.